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Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

      By Odimegwu Onwumere Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor were aged between 16 and 17 years when in 2013 they launched a rocket they’d made into space. Thrity minutes and five kilometres later, it crashed into the plot of Augustine Eke, a retiree. The clatter of the crashed […]

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04/05/2016 at 10:35EU_Business Life&Liberty

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

          It seems, according to the New York Times anyway, that Brussels-news newcomer (relatively speaking) Politico is making a name for itself in Euroland … Politico pierces the ‘Brussels Bubble’ with US-style coverage

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26/04/2016 at 13:58EU EU_Business

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Which EU country lays claim to being the “largest outgoing investor in the world”? The Netherlands, according to Amsterdam-based NGO SOMO (the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations). Are the Dutch proud of this? Apparently not. The problem is, says SOMO, that the source of Holland’s world-beating level of outgoing […]

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15/12/2015 at 12:57EU EU_Business

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Brussels, 06/10/2016. Europe must immediately suspend the ‘Safe Harbour’ data agreement with the US and initiate a new, more ‘solid’ data-protection framework, says the Chair of the European Parliament’s LIBE civil liberties Committee Claude Moraes. His statement follows the latest ruling from the European Court of Justice in the case […]

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06/10/2015 at 12:52EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Brussels, 26/9/2015. Updates: 23/02/2016  C4 Dispatches: Dirty Secrets: What’s Really in Our Air? 23/02/2016  New Scientist: Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030. I do so loathe diesel cars. As a motorcycle rider, I have wondered for years why certain cars were unpleasant to follow in traffic. […]

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26/09/2015 at 02:39Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Autonomous Braking – vehicle safety technology that can save lives

Autonomous Braking – vehicle safety technology that can save lives

Autonomous braking or autonomous emergency braking – vehicle safety technology that underpins the future driverless car.

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01/07/2015 at 16:45Auto EU_Business

EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

Brussels, 30/04/2015. The European Commission’s planned Digital Single Market strategy seems to be proving somewhat difficult to fine-tune. The strategy is set for release on 6th May 2015, however its content is so wide-ranging, from copyright piracy via VAT to UK-style default “porn filters”, that an implementation date seems somewhat […]

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01/05/2015 at 10:46EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

Brussels, 01/04/2015. Any future TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement needs to be clear that it “fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement”, said the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee yesterday. The committee’s statement, which aimed to address […]

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02/04/2015 at 11:20EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

Tales from a Brussels bar 04/12/2016 Update. EU’s new VAT rules likely to make ebooks cheaper. Glum faces lined the bar last night, though it was Friday. Even Costas was not his usual ebullient self. Apparently it had been snowing in Athens, so it wasn’t just the whole of the […]

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22/02/2015 at 15:48EU EU_Business Tales - Brussels bar